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THIRD major fault at new Aztec traffic signals brings rush hour gridlock to Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 13th November 2017 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of traffic in Bradley Stoke at a standstill on Monday 16th October 2017.

South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) highways department has been accused of responding inadequately to reports of recurring issues with the new traffic lights at the Aztec West Roundabout in the days before a major fault caused gridlock throughout Bradley Stoke during the morning rush hour on Monday 16th October.

The latest incident follows two earlier ones associated with the same system of lights, in August and September, which led to traffic being trapped in the Aztec West Business Park for up to two hours during the afternoon peak.

Following the first incident in August, which was attributed to a “software issue”, SGC said it would “continue to monitor the operation of the signals” and might “carry out some minor adjustments to ensure that they work as effectively as possible for all users”.

Signs of potential issues with the lights on the Bradley Stoke side of the roundabout were first notified to the council on 5th October, through a FixMyStreet report which warned of the green phase for traffic exiting Bradley Stoke Way lasting just a few seconds. Sunday 15th October saw numerous further reports of a similar nature being registered on the Journal’s Facebook page along with observations that traffic was tailed back to Patchway Brook Roundabout on what is normally the quietest day of the week. Several readers raised concerns about what might happen on the following Monday morning if the issue wasn’t fixed; however, one reader who took the trouble to report it via the council’s traffic signals hotline (0800 854229) was told it was “not classed as urgent”.

Come Monday morning, it soon became clear that the issue hadn’t been resolved and commuters were left to face the consequences, with long tailbacks of near-stationary traffic down both Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way. One Journal reader reported that it took an hour just to travel between Tesco and Aldi, a distance of less than a mile.

More: Scathing comments from BSJ readers; council’s responses »

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